John is a transformational leader with a proven track record incorporate and non-profit organizations as well as start-ups across multiple industries. He is privileged to leverage his C-level experience in operations, finance, strategic planning, and turnarounds to serve as Chief Financial Officer for Illumination Foundation.
John’s investment banking career spans over two decades focusing on sell-side advisory as well as strategic and operations consulting. Most recently, he served the CFO and Senior VP of Corporate Strategy for investment management firm Beacon Capital Management with over $3 billion in assets under management.
He has also been the co-founder and/or CFO of several technology start-ups in edtech, fintech, and social media. Finally, John serves as a trustee for a multi-county, high-performing charter school network dedicated to providing students in underserved and high-risk neighborhoods access to high quality education.
John holds a Bachelor of Arts in English w/ a minor in History from the University of California, Irvine (Zot-zot!) and earned his Master’s in Business Administration with a dual concentration in Finance and Marketing from the USC (Fight on!) Marshall School of Business. His personal passions include his wife (Arlene), being the biggest fans for his two children (14 and 19), photography, basketball, and travel. John and Arlene are active in their church and cherish advocating for the least, lost, and last with their time, talent, and treasures through philanthropic and humanitarian aid organizations such as World Vision International, OneChild, and Hope for Haiti.